This is a series of posts to build a M3 Lab from beginning to end so I get a better understanding of how all the components fit together. This is purely as a lab and doesn’t do any tuning and may even miss some version requirements.
In this section I’ll touch on the Regional Modifications, creating the autojobs and some interesting things I’ve discovered.
Because there is a lot in the way of screenshots (these would have been invaluable as I was following the install guides!), I’m going to break this up in to 5 posts:
- Part 1 – Preparing the Servers, Installing SQL Server, LCM and loading the Foundational Components
- Part 2 – Installing the Business Engine, License Server and Create an Environment
- Part 3 – Installing and Creating the Grid
- Part 4 – Installing Smart Office
- Part 5 – All the fiddly bits, Regional Modifications, Autojobs
Almost at the end of the journey now…
Installing the Regional Modifications
Here we shall add the regional modifications to M3.
Reference: M3BEIG_188.8.131.52_W.pdf (Install Base to an Additional Component)
Most of this isn’t new based on what we’ve already done, but we’ll document it anyway
- In LCM, right click M3BE_14.1.2 -> M3 Business Engine 14.1.2 -> Upload M3BE package
- Select the directory you have the updates in (C:\Temp in my case) and select the regional mods
- Click finish on the summary
- You’ll be asked to verify the package
- All going well you’ll get a notification that registration was successful
- As we had two packages we need to go through the verify package again
- And ok
- And then we need to install them. Right click M3BE_14.1.2 -> M3 Business Engine 14.1.2 -> Install Additional Components
- Select the additional component
- As Smart Office isn’t installed yet, we’ll get a warning
- Likewise with Streamserve
- Now we need to associate this with our environment. In LCM right click on our Environment (PROD) -> M3 BE 14.1.2 – Environment -> Environment Configurator
- Click on the Components tab down the bottom
- Click on the plus on the right of the screen
- Provide a name for the new component, I’m using MAU which is what we use at work
- Key in the description, everything else should be filled in for you
- Hit the save button
- We now need to establish a connection between the M3 company and these market mods. Run MNS102. In MNS102 I am going to create a configuration called IFL_MAU
- I’m going to call it IFL Market Mods and then select the Config comp (you can use the lookup or type it in) will be MAU
Click Next to set.
Note: I am using the M3 Installation Company (company 1), I have been told that touching company 1 is a cardinal sin, but as I want to only going through the exercise of installing components, it is sufficient for what I require.
- Now we need to assocate the configuration with the company. Run MNS100
- Reorder the panels so Panel L is the first
- Right click on Company 1 and select Change
We will enter our System Config as IFL_MAU (you can do a F4 lookup on this field)
- Click Next and then Close
- Exit out of Smart Office
- Note that you really may not need to do this. We have a running system and I’m just going through the motions now.
Shutdown the PROD environment
In LCM -> IFL_Prod -> Right Click on M3BE_14.1.2-PROD -> Lawson Grid 10.1.9.0 -> Application -> Stop Application
- Now we shall create the database for the market mods. LCM -> M3BE_14.1.2 -> Prod, Right Click -> M3 BE 14.1.2 – Environment -> Database -> Create Database
- It will default to MDBADM which is the user that was created when we created our environment. Key in the password you used (I used M3BEProd)
- Change the component to MAU, and it should automatically update the System Configuration (which is what you created in MNS102 and associated in MNS100 – if it isn’t there then the association probably isn’t correct)
- And as per usual, a summary screen
- And a few seconds later we get the task finished successfully.
- Now we’ll create the Language tables. Right click on PROD -> M3 BE 14.1.2 – Environment -> Database -> Create Database Language Tables
- Log in again with the MDBADM and password of M3BEProd
- I’m selecting the MAU component and the language code of GB, then clicking Add Language
- And the summary screen
- And a couple of seconds later it should be complete.
Creating the Subsystems so it looks like a real M3 System 🙂
With a basic system, the M3 Grid just doesn’t look very impressive, so lets create the autojobs.
(in LCM -> IFL_Prod -> M3BE_14.1.2-PROD, right click -> Lawson Grid 10.1.9.0 -> Application -> Manage Application)
How dull and boring, there’s just nothing interesting happening on this server 😦
- Start Smart Office and run MNS050
- Click on Actions -> Crt standard
- This will create a new autojob definition – but wait, there’s more.
- Right click on ASK -> Related Options -> Jobs in sbs
- You’ll now be in MNS051
- Click Actions -> Crt standard
- And now we have a whole heap of entries
- Let’s start them eh? Click On Actions -> Start all
- If we look in the Grid now, we see something far more interesting
48 jobs (32 + 16) in the Subsystem:A which is what I’d expect, but I’m a little surprised about it being split in to two subsystems.
- After a little digging, there is a setting which limits the number of jobs in a subsystem before spawning a new subsystem. By default it appears to be 32 (which if I remember correctly was the old number before 10.1). The person that installed our system increased that so all of the autojobs would be in same system, so up to 48. I’m not sure on the pros and cons of this, but essentially it looks like each subsystem correlates to an instance of Java that gets loaded. So if we look in Task Manager on our M3BE10 server we will see a new java instance start for each of these subsystems.
To locate the setting go to LCM -> IFL_PROD -> M3BE_14.1.2-PROD, right click -> Lawson Grid 10.1.9.0 -> Application -> Configuration Application
- Click Edit Properties
- And what do we have here? A Subsystem job limit of 32. Let’s change that to 48.
- Restart the environment and take a look.
WTH? We have still spawned two subsystems? Ok, this isn’t a problem – when the autojobs start up a couple of extra jobs start and then shut down. So lets bump the limit up to 52
- A quick restart and we look a lot better
An Interesting Thing
Well, a thing that I found interesting anyways…
I have had issues in the past with processes not shutting down correctly, meaning M3 exhibits some odd behaviour (usually when doing updates). You can always check the running processes on the server in question with Task Manager – go to the Processes tab and display the Command Line column. This will show you the command line to launch what-ever is running. This can be very useful if you have multiple environments and want to determine if say PROD has completely shutdown.
Here we can see multiple java.exe instances. Without the Command line we would have to guess at their purpose. With the Command Line column we can see that the first java.exe is for the license server, the next few are IFL_PROD components etc.
As you can probably gather, there’s a lot involved in doing an installation – and at this point there is a fair amount of going backwards and forwards which just adds more time on to an install. And though I think that there is definitely room for improving the entire installation process (and certainly on the basis of my documents, there are far more optimised methods of install than what I have shown), it’s really not too bad.
I though think that we should take a moment to reflect on the poor techies that actually do the installations and then tune them for us for a living and give them a mental pat on the back.